Chelsea Architects presented possible exterior designs for proposed Matagorda County Cultural Arts Center at a meeting Dec. 14.
Chelsea Architects’ Leonard Lane presented an update on the “Texas Theater Project” to the committee Dec. 14.
“Originally we were looking at maybe a $2-3 million project when now it’s closer to $3-4 million,” said Lane.
“And the cost will just keep going up.”
Lane mentioned that the theater is a “1927 era building” along with the adjacent “Herald” building.
“We’ve been calling it the ‘Herald’ building due to the mosaic out front as you first walk in the front door,” he clarified.
“The two buildings are one property owned by the city and we were asked to do several things.”
“We want to get this approved for a full package and be ready to build,” said City Council Member Bill Cornman.
“That way we can get a cost for the proposal. I think we’ve got enough money in the budget for it. Though, that’s not to say that we’re going to do it. But, it would be really interesting if we could do it.”
Cornman said that no work can be started until the power is on and up to code.
“One of the first things we also need to do is decide which pieces to start on before we go ahead,” Cornman added.
“That’s just what we’re going to have to do. We won’t have enough money to tackle all the projects at once, let alone for both buildings,” the councilman added.
“That is where we are at current and one of the things we’re going to need is a small design team. Just about five people to help with this process.”
Cornman also addressed the non-profit status of the organizations using the building when construction and renovation are completed.
“We’ve got the by-laws and articles of incorporation written,” he said.
“They haven’t been reviewed yet, but, in January they will be by a small group of people including Richard Knapik, Mary Dykes and John Nesbitt.”